Espresso maker goes to space

Later this year, astronauts on the International Space Station will at long last be fully wired — with strong coffee.

After years of complaints from Italians that they couldn't get a good pouch of espresso 260 miles above Earth, two Italian firms teamed up with their national space agency to create the first espresso maker for zero gravity.

The Keurig-like "ISSpresso" is the product of coffee giant Lavazza and the aerospace engineering company Argotec. Italy's first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, is set to deliver the 44-pound machine in late November and set up a celestial café with the ultimate view.

For those less-caffeinated moments in orbit, the "veritable technological and engineering jewel" will also make tea, infusions and broth, Lavazza says.


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